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LIVE BLOG: Oklahoma State Defeats Texas A&M 31-23 in Texas Bowl Payback

Live updates from the Texas Bowl.



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END: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 23

Big Play Alert: Kendal Daniels grabs an interception with time expiring to end the game. OSU moves to 10-4 on the season.

OMG: Alex Hale misses a 47-yarder and that gives A&M a chance.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 23 | Q4 5:07

Bond, Randy Bond. The Aggies pull within a score thanks to a 51-yard FG with just five minutes left. The pressure is on the Cowboys.

Ollie is coming back next year, yay.

But… the Cowboys force a three-and-out.

And… then Bowman throws his second pick to kill the Cowboys’ momentum. The Aggies get it back at their own 28.

Holy Moses: Leon Johnson just hauled in a ridiculous catch for 33 yards on the sideline.

Wow: Aggies’ RB Amari Daniels caught a pass for 34 yards to the two-yard-line but coughed it up. Xavier Benson punched it out and Nick Martin landed on it to give the Cowboys the ball. A&M was about to cut it to one possession but the OSU defense comes up huge.

END OF Q4: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 20

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 20 | Q3 4:08

The Aggies answer with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by Marcel Reed’s 20-yard TD run. Death, taxes and a backup QB making plays on OSU.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 31, Texas A&M 13 | Q3 7:17

Bowman bounced back nicely from that pick, going 4-5 for 80 yards and a touchdown on that drive. Three of those went to Rashod Owens who now has a career-high 155 yards and two TDs.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 24, Texas A&M 13 | Q3 9:44

The Ags pay off a holding penalty on Trey Rucker and the subsequent first-and-goal from the two. That’s 7 points off of the Cowboys’ only turnover so far. Pokes need to answer.

The Aggies go for the big play after the turnover, and it works. Reed hits Max Wright for 40 yards to get to the Cowboys’ 10-yard line.

The Cowboys first possession of the second half ends with a turnover. Bowman threw an interception on third-and-short. A&M’s Dalton Brooks cut the route and stretched out for a nice play.

HALFTIME: Oklahoma State 24, Texas A&M 6

The Cowboys’ offense has taken advantage of the Aggies’ depleted defense.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 24, Texas A&M 6 | Q2 0:35

The Cowboys extend their lead to 18 with another Ollie TD and will get the ball to start the third quarter.

The decision to punt pays off. OSU forces a three-and-out in 1:16 for the Aggies’ second straight punt. Cowboys will take over at their 17 with 3:12 to go in the first half.

The Cowboys punt on fourth-and-1 from their own 45, goes out of bounds at the A&M 29.

The Cowboys weather another drive with a big play, this time forcing a punt. OSU will take over at its own eight.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 17, Texas A&M 6 | Q2 9:29

So, the Cowboys got into the red zone thanks to a Brennan Presley pass to Rashod Owens and then scored on a run by portal-bound Gunnar Gundy. I have no idea, but it’s effective.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 10, Texas A&M 6 | Q2 11:31

Reed finds Jaden Platt for a 39-yard catch and run and on the next play, DK McKinney got flagged for a PI to put A&M in the red zone. But the Pokes’ defense bows up again and forces another FG.

END OF Q1: Oklahoma State 10, Texas A&M 3

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 10, Texas A&M 3 | Q1 0:21

The Cowboys march down the field Ollied dragged the Cowboys down the field and then Bowman found Owens for his fourth impressive catch of the early game, this on in the corner of the end zone. Pokes up 7.

Martin has had one heck of a season. Pretty impressive. He’s averaging over 10 tackles per game and has hit double digits in six games.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 3, Texas A&M 3 | Q1 4:38

The Aggies knot it up after getting into the red zone themselves. OSU’s defense held strong to force the kick.

Barry didn’t make it to Houston, but he did give Ollie Gordon some props from the booth at the Holiday Bowl.

Scoring Update: Oklahoma State 3, Texas A&M 0 | Q1 8:38

The Cowboys settle for three after Owens’ reviewed catch gets them to the two-yard line. Offense was explosive but the Cowboys fail to reach the end zone, a common them this season.

That’s like the third eye-popping catch from Rashod Owens.

Oh my goodness. That catch by Rashod Owens on third-and-1o. He picks up 30. Pokes in the red zone.

Ollie Gordon picks up 22 yards on his first handoff. Then Bowman finds Brennan Presley for 17 down the field.

The Cowboys get the stop. Let’s see how they look on their first offensive drive.

Aggie QB Jaylen Henderson completes his first pass on the run for 11 yards but took a hard hit from Cameron Epps and is beingΒ  taken off the field with an apparent arm injury. Looks like it will be freshman Marcel Reed. That’s a tough start for the Henderson, who started the last three games for A&M.

The Cowboys win the toss and defer but then kick it out of bounds.

Uni Reveal: The Cowboys are undefeated in W-B-W.

The Cowboys are in Houston for a chance to make it to double-digit wins and finish 2023 on a high note. The offseason is always full of questions, but the Cowboys have answered a couple of them during bowl prep. They’re building toward a 2024 that will include Doak Walker winner Ollie Gordon, and his offensive line.

The Aggies, on the other hand, are set to look a lot different come next fall thanks to turnover among the coaching staff and the roster. A bowl game is normally a crapshoot; this year I have no idea what to expect. Regardless, it should be a fun one. Stick with us for live updates and reactions from the game.

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Pre-Game Homework

PFB staff predictions: We like the Cowboys’ chances against A&M.

Talent vs. Culture: Dekota took a look at the Cowboys and Aggies based on recruiting and wins.

A look at the Texas Bowl QB matchup between Alan Bowman and Jaylen Henderson.

Gundy’s top five quotes from the Texas Bowl presser.



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